Supply-chain issues impacting neighbors impacted by Thief River Falls mobile home explosion

Published: Sep. 9, 2022 at 8:03 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2022 at 5:44 PM CDT
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THIEF RIVER FALLS, M.N. (Valley News Live) - Nearly two weeks later, a neighborhood in Thief River Falls is still cleaning up the mess after the explosion of a mobile home.

It happened on Judy St. off of Highway 59 late on September 8.

In Jeff Burkland’s 22 years on the block, not much else compares to the whirlwind the night, as he says not only did the eruption send debris flying, but him, too.

“It blew me back in the chair. What the hell?! Never felt anything like it!” he said.

Burkland says while thankfully, no one was hurt in the explosion, neighboring homes like his did take a beating.

“The pressure change is so drastic that it just creates a vacuum,” Burkland said.

He says he’s now out $4,500 as he lost 12 windows in the explosion.

“My neighbor lost two windows, and my neighbor on that side of me lost two doors and two windows,” Burkland said.

He says for an extra $950 bucks, he put an emergency rush on the new windows, but with material shortages and supply-chain issues that still leaves him windowless for at least another five weeks. Burkland says while that is a long time, without the rush shipping he would have been waiting even longer.

“Middle of December. Would’ve been mighty chilly!” he laughed.

Burkland says while it’s all inconvenient and a lot of money to shell out, he says he knows it could have been a lot worse. He says he’s just thankful his family and neighbors are ok.

The homeowner, who didn’t want to speak on camera, was at work at the time of the explosion. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is still with the state fire marshal, but expects findings to be released soon.